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World War Two radio continues to pick up vintage broadcasts despite not having any power.

Location:Scotland,Montrose Air Station, United Kingdom

Background: The earliest air station in Britain, established 1913 by the Royal Flying Corps, dating from a period of manned flight when planes were, quite literally, kites.The museum features a fascinating photographic archive and collection of aviation memorabilia, artifacts and vehicles relating to the flying history of Montrose.
The Air Station is also famous for its ghosts.There have been many unexplained sightings of apparitions and planes, and now with the latest paranormal sounds/broadcasts of Winston Churchill and Glen Miller music, emanating from an old radio in the museum.



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Radio mystery: The Pye wireless with Marie Paton whose father owned it




A 70-year-old radio at a Scottish heritage centre has been picking up vintage broadcasts featuring Winston Churchill and the music of Glen Miller.

The Pye valve wireless at Montrose Air Station, a heritage centre that tells the story of the men and women who served there, has no power and is not connected to any source of electricity.

The aerodrome has been a source of paranormal sightings and sounds for almost a century, with reports of ghostly figures, eerie footsteps and door handles turning, but the mysterious wireless broadcasts have had even the most sceptical staff at the station searching for a rational explanation.

The vintage radio set is kept in a recreation of a 940s room. Several people have heard Second World War era broadcasts including the big band sound of the Glenn Miller orchestra and speeches by Winston Churchill. The broadcasts come on at random and can last for up to half an hour.

Technicians who examined it removed the back, but found "nothing but cobwebs and spiders".

Bob Sutherland, a trustee of the air station heritage centre and its treasurer, said: "I have heard it playing Glenn Miller and recognised the song as "At Last."

"The volume was very low but the music was quite identifiable.

"Graham Phillip, another volunteer, has heard what he was sure was Winston Churchill and others, including centre curator Dan Paton and his wife, have heard it.

"I was a wireless operator with the RAF and know a bit about them. We have also had our resident radio expert, Ewan Cameron, look at it.

"If we had a powerful transmitter in the area the radio might pick up something, but we don't.

"It is an old Pye radio which would probably explode if it was switched on."

Mr Phillip said: "We have all heard the footsteps and seen door handles turn but the wireless is something new and unexplainable.

"It's not just one of us who's heard it - most of us here have. We are talking about highly educated, reliable people.

"My wife Aileen was with me when we heard the Glenn Miller Orchestra last weekend. She's a physicist and not predisposed to believing in things like this but no-one has an explanation.

"If there was a transmitter nearby you'd think it might pick up Radio One or something, but I know what we heard. It went on for half an hour on and off. But the aerial is out anyway.

"We've had the back off and the technicians said there was nothing but cobwebs and spiders."

Volunteer Marie Paton, 67, whose father Jack Stoneman bought the wireless secondhand in 1962, said: "It's a bit scary. I thought someone was playing a prank on us but I heard it myself last Saturday.

"It plays Glenn Miller, and that's what everyone has heard. It is very faint and you have to put your ear to it, but that's what it's playing. All the experts say it should be impossible.

The wireless broadcasts join a long list of mysteries at the air station, where the heritage centre is in the original headquarters building. Visitors have reported strange "energies" around the airfield, phantom footsteps, doors opening and shutting, the sound of aircraft engines, shadowy figures walking in and out of rooms and even the sighting of a pilot in full flying kit.

The most notorious were the sightings of Lieutenant Desmond Arthur of the Royal Flying Corps who was killed when his biplane crashed.

He is said to have haunted the area until honour was satisfied in 1917, when a government inquiry concluded that he had not been killed by his own foolhardiness but because of poor repairs to his plane.

Peter Davis, 65, the heritage centre's secretary, added: "It is most odd and we cannot understand it. The station has a very abnormal presence. Several paranormal groups have been in to investigate various things, but the wireless has everyone including our radio technicians stumped."

The air station was established in 1913 by the Royal Flying Corps as Britain's first operational military airfield. There are more details about the heritage centre at its
website.

Source:News TV Scotland









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Ghosthunters capture spirit voices in Montrose



Published Date: 13 October 2008 , Steve Flanagan

In September,2008, investigators from Paranormal Research Scotland visited the air station museum at Waldron Road to look into claims that it has been haunted since the end of WWI. Pouring over data archived at the Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre, there were also tales of Desmond Arthur's ghost(see story below on D. Arthur). She said: "We've been investigating the paranormal since 2006 and we've always been interested in the fact that Montrose was so obviously haunted.

"The other thing is the history aspect of the station, which really intrigued me. I think what's really interesting though is that it is not just one person that's seen something, but many different people from different backgrounds that have different experiences

"We did get something when we were there, the name of a Sergeant Jackson. We've got a recording of him saying 'glad to be here,' but every time we asked him a question the recorder stopped.

"We've also got a Desmond, but we don't think it's the Desmond Arthur."

Clips of their visit to Montrose are currently posted on the video sharing website YouTube, with more to follow in the near future.

But one ghost story the team feel they have put to bed is the tales of ghost planes flying overhead. They quickly discovered that the nearby Victoria Bridge would make a similar noise every time traffic passed over it.

While their first visit may have been inconclusive, the team are set to return when the centre re-opens for its new season next April with a two-fold objective; to further investigate the possibility of ghosts, and to raise funds towards the operation of the centre.

They believe that the station may be 'rife' with ghosts, and claim it is as haunted as Strathmartin Hospital in Dundee, which they have visited over 20 times during their search for proof of ghosts.





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The Story of the Pilot Ghost of Montrose


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This is probably the oldest ghost story in the history of aviation. The little Irishman Desmond Arthur, black-haired and grey-eyed, gained his Royal Aero Club certificate in June 1912 and was killed in May 1913 when the BE2 biplane he was flying over Montrose in Scotland folded up in the air. But it was no flying accident. It was murder…


From the ground, people only could see the result of a sudden collapse of the upper starboard wing: the broken wing folded and threw the little biplane into a series of convulsive, fluttering jerks. The uncontrollable gyrations snapped the pilot’s seat-belt and a dark object fell away from the wreckage, arms and legs working with ever-gathering speed until it hit the ground. In 1913, no parachutes were worn.
The Royal Aero Club’s Accidents Investigation Committee found that the wing had collapsed because of a faulty repair carried out on the ground by an unknown person. Some guilty party had broken the wing, botched the repair and then covered it all up. No one had logged either the damage or the repair. For whoever flew the plane in that condition, it was a deathtrap – but there was no clue to identify the murderer and bring him to justice.


The death of Desmond Arthur had been horrible, but the little Celt did not come back to haunt his murderer or to revisit the scene of the crime. When the Great War broke out, everything changed. Montrose, this lonely place near the North Sea, became a training aerodrome occupied by the No. 18 Reserve Squadron. The wartime expansion brought a building programme to house the pupils, including a new officers mess. The instructional staff however did not live there with the “Huns”, as the novices were called because they could break British aeroplanes faster than the Germans did. The staff stayed in the old mess, the original building used by No. 2 Squadron, of which Desmond Arthur once had been a lieutenant.


One evening in the autumn of 1916, Major Cyril Foggin saw an officer in a flying kit walking in front of him to the door of the old mess. When the Major reached the door, it was closed… and the other officer was not there. It was impossible that he could have stepped off the path without Major Foggin noticing. Foggin afterwards tried to reason the apparition away as due to eyestrain or imagination, but he knew he had seen somebody… who had vanished in a way no human being could. Some days later, Foggin saw the mysterious airman again walking to the old mess… and vanishing when he reached the door. Senior officers at flying training schools who see disappearing ghosts repeatedly are likely to be invalided as nerve cases or the victims of hallucination. So, Major Foggin did not tell anyone what he had seen, and what he saw a third and a fourth time… But he was aware of the uneasy atmosphere which invaded the mess, as if other officers also were seeing things, or sensing them… and were all too wary of ridicule to tell anyone else.


One instructor was soundly asleep when he woke abruptly with a feeling that there was somebody in the room with him… and by the dim light of the fire he saw a man sitting in a chair at the foot of his bed. He asked the man who he was and what he wanted, and suddenly the spectre was gone. Two officers who were sharing a room woke up one night by a feeling of oppression. The room was completely dark but they both sensed a presence. One of them fumbled for a match, but when he struck a light the room was empty.


The grandfather of author Alexander McKee, who told the story of the Montrose ghost in his book “Great Mysteries of Aviation”, said the pilot’s phantom was often seen sitting down in an armchair in the mess. The occurrences always took place in the old mess, the former home of Desmond Arthur. It was never established how the stories suddenly became common property. Presumably one of the witnesses blurted out a tale of something very odd he had experienced, and found that the same thing had happened to a dozen others.


The story of the Ghost of Montrose quickly went round the whole of the Royal Flying Corps. A personal friend of Desmond Arthur took it seriously and started an investigation. C.G. Grey was the editor of The Aeroplane and he first had to answer the question why – if the apparition was the ghost of Desmond Arthur – his friend had waited until 1916 before turning up in his old mess. What had disturbed him? C.G. Grey argued that the government had been having an unhappy time in the spring of 1916 with the so-called “Murder Charges”, when the head of Pemberton Billing Ltd (the firm which later designed the Spitfire) called for a judicial inquiry into both the military and naval wings of the air service. This because “certain officers had been murdered rather than killed by the carelessness, incompetence or ignorance of their senior officers or of the technical side of those two services”.


As attack is the best means of defence, the government set up a committee which on 3 August 1916 issued an interim report establishing among other things that there was no truth in what Pemberton Billing had alleged in the case Desmond Arthur. The deceased pilot would be turning in his grave, for if there had been no botched repair of a broken wing, he must have broken the BE himself by foolishly dangerous flying. The final report of the committee was being prepared in the autumn of 1916, which was precisely the period when the ghost was first seen or sensed at the Montrose base. This report however was followed by an addendum, written by an engineer and a lawyer, who concluded that, in the case Desmond Arthur, it appeared “probable that the machine had been damaged accidentally, and that the man (or men) responsible for the damage had repaired it as best he (or they) could to evade detection and punishment”.





Desmond Arthur could rest in peace now, vindicated. It was stated by experts that he had been the victim of a crime, not of his own folly. After a final appearance in January 1917, his ghost was seen no more. This interpretation by C.G. Grey was published in the December 1920 issue of The Aeroplane and still is a good one, that can compete with various fictional rewrites.

Written by Patrick Bernauw, Socyberty,Paranormal





The Aeroplane
1931 magazine, C.G. Grey's 'THE AEROPLANE'




For a detailed look at the life and career of Lieutenant Desmond Arthur, click here:
written by Liam Dodd Tuesday, 02 March 2010





Sleepyhillock Cemetary,Montrose, Angus, Scotland - Lieutenant Desmond Arthur's Last Resting Place


It seems that even in death, we prefer to congregate with those with whom we share a common bond. The bond varies. It is often religion or nationality; among the Chinese, Japanese, Greeks and Russians; membership in a lodge such as the Masons, Oddfellows or Knights of Pythias; or a disaster in which all died together as in shipwrecks or fires; or service to one's country. And of course there are the unannounced and rejected: Those who lie in unmarked pauper's graves or the murderers or witches who have paid the supreme penalty.

Source: SleepyHillock Cemetary



On a rather sad note, I found a website dedicated to Sleepyhillock Cemetary, in Angus Scotland where apparently Lieutenant Desmond Arthur is now buried. A viewer's comment in the guestbook has been posted about the condition of his grave site. He writes:


'I am interested in WW1 and WW2 war graves in Sleepyhillock Cemetery as well as family graves that list war casualties esp RFC RAF and Black Watch of WW1 and BW of WW2 .


Found today the grave of RFC Lieut Desmond Arthur who was killed whilst flying from Montrose airfield in 1913 , crashed Lunan bay and the enquiry blamed him,,, and in WW2 airmen saw a airmen ghost at the airfield in uniform or in a machine flying around the airfield til the enquiry cleared him . No ghost was seen from then on .


The Lt Demond Arthur, RFC grave looks very uncared for in the cemetery '.



Source: Sleepyhillock Cemetary, Montrose, Angus Scotland





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